With changes in globalization, information technology, and managerial innovation, organizations need professionals to build systems to support and improve both people and performance in the workplace. Professionals in organization development help build adaptable organizations while advancing employee capabilities to achieve higher levels of success. The MA in Organization Development helps students develop expertise in the theories and practices of organization development, a systematic approach to improving productivity and competence in organizational settings. Students will complete ten required courses and two electives to form a foundation of knowledge that will prepare them to assess organizational and individual needs, identify and implement solutions, and generate support.
Classes are taught by industry leaders, who use analytical and creative approaches in a highly energizing, constructivist format that are mapped to Association for Talent Development (ATD,formerly ASTD) competencies, so you are assured of gaining relevant knowledge and skills that transfer immediately in the workplace.
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited institution and an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A written statement of academic and professional goals is required.
A total of 12 courses (36 credit hours) are required to complete the degree.
After completing all required courses, students are required to complete a master's portfolio. The master's portfolio allows students to demonstrate their competency through reflection and assessment of previously completed projects as well as enhance their materials for professional presentation.
A student who has not completed a portfolio or other final project must maintain continued registration during subsequent semesters until completion of the project by registering for the appropriate zero-credit course (course number followed by "Y"). Students who have not maintained continuous registration for thesis or other final project will be required to register for all intervening fall and spring semesters prior to graduation.
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